Hi all! Delighted to have discovered this community today, and I'm hoping that someone will be able to help me. My Mum, who is 46, was diagnosed with terminal stage 4 breast cancer about 18 months ago. It's in her breast (she had breast cancer previously and had a mastectomy), peritoneum, and bones, and is currently undergoing hormone-based chemotherapy to slow the cancer down. She was initially given 2 years, but this was very tentative, given how rare it is for women her age to receive such a diagnosis. The cancer hasn't progressed at all in the last 18 months, which is great, but she is really suffering and feels terribly alone. My Mum is single and currently lives with her parents. They are stupendous at looking after her, but she doesn't tend to see or talk to many other people. She is utterly devoted to me, my sister and my brother (we are aged 25, 23, and 20 respectively), but we all live in different places and can't see her as much as we'd like to. We also, simply, have no idea what she's going through. We can imagine, but as must be so common on this thread, we're just not able to fully understand how it must feel for her. She is suffering with quite severe depression too, which is making things a lot worse for her. This is where I'm seeking help. She is desperate for someone to talk to who's in a similar situation, i.e. terminally ill as a middle-aged person. She has tried posting on forums before, but hasn't received any responses, which has disheartened her. If you feel like you could even offer her a few words, please please reach out. She, my family and I would all be eternally grateful. She just needs a friend, honestly! Thank you so much for reading.
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